In most ski areas the winter season commences in November or December. So there has been lots of action going on throughout the past few months: especially regarding investments – for instance in new, modern lift systems, futuristic buildings and even in designing a whole new ski village. Winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to some surprises this winter. We have put together some of the most exciting news from the ski areas:
A big sensation for winter 2013/2014: at the Arlberg you can now find some newly created pistes available to try out! This is because the ski areas Lech Zürs and Warth-Schröcken have been connected by a newly built lift system. Threfore the skiable terrain has now grown from 280 km of piste to an unbelievable 341 kilometres (including the areas Warth-Schröcken und Lech Zürs, as well as St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben and Klösterle/Sonnenkopf). With 190 km of piste and 47 lifts the area in Lech Zürs and Warth-Schröcken is now the largest around the Arlberg. The connection is now possible via the “Auenfeldjet”, a 10-person cable car.
Ischgl has also enlarged it’s ski area: in the Fimba valley there is the new lift called “Piz Val Gronda E5”. This lift can transport a maximum of 150 people up to 2,812 m altitude and it opens up entirely new terrain to all winter enthusiasts. From the mountain station there is a 3 km long red piste that takes you down into the Vesil valley. A special highlight is the newly accessible freeride area which stretches right down into the Fimba valley. With the new lift the total number of ascending systems in Ischgl goes up to 44.
The next innovation is already in planning for the coming year. The new design of the Pardatschgrat lift has already begun. The existing 4-person cable car will be replaces and partly also removed. The new cable car will then commence from the resort centre and ascend right up to 2,624 m, the comb of the mountain, covering a total difference in altitude of 1,251 m. 31 cabins with enough space to seat up to 28 people with take you comfortably to the peak of the mountain. The upper part of the original will remain standing to function as a hub from the middle station to the Pardatschgrat, but will be renamed to “Pardoramabahn”.
Plan de Corones
At the Plan de Cornoes in the Dolomites, the cable car “Alpen” will be completely renewed by the beginning of the season. It will be replaced by the new gondola “Alpen connecting”. Sitting space on comfortable leather benches is upped from 6 to 10 people per cabin. Additionally there is now also free Wifi at the valley station, the mountain station and within in all gondolas.
The newest addition to Wagrain: from this season onwards the modern cable car “G-Link” will be crossing the valley between the two skiable mountains Grießenkareck and Grafenberg. It takes you from the middle station of the “Flying Mozart” (1,233 m) to the hub at the mountain station of the “Grafeberg Express I” (1,240 m). On this cable way you will find 2 gondolas commuting, each transporting up to 130 people at a time.
Winter sports fans can look forward to a lovely Christmas present in the Swiss 4 Vallées: a new 8-person gondola then will connect Siviez (1,730 m) and the Plan du Fou plateau (2,430 m) with each other. Thanks to a large movement capacity of 2,400 people per hour this connection between the sectors Siviez and Tracouet are increasingly gaining attractivity. Also the new connection between Les Mayens de Bruson and Le Châble with the 8-person gondola is a benefit to the ski area, as this now allows easier access to Verbier.
In the ski area Rastkogel the original 2-person chair lift “Lämmerbichl” has been replaced by the modern 6-person chair lift – including weather protection and heated benches.
The 2-person chair lift “Krummbach“ in Gerlos has had to make space for something new: the modern 6-person “Moseltret-X-Press” with weather protection and heated benches has been installed. Also new in the upcoming season is the Kids Speed Check racing track.
In Tignes you will shortly find a completely new district to the ski station! In December the newest part of the resort Tignes 1800 will be opening, adding to existing districts Val Claret, Le Lac and Lavachet. Around a church in the centre of the village, a multitude of chalets has been newly erected, designed in stone and wood and resembling the original resort Tignes, which was flooded back in the 1950’s. The new 8-person gondola “Les Boisses” transports winter sports enthusiasts directly into the ski area “Espace Killy”. Besides modern accommodations and lift systems you can find everything else here that makes a ski holiday enjoyable and successful – from ski schools, via supermarkets, right up to restaurants, sports shops and indoor pool with sauna area.
Stylish and tasty is the new thing at the Gaislachkogl from this season on. On the Skiberg, at 3,048 m altitude, a new first-class service restaurant will opening it’s doors. The “Ice Q” will be inviting you in to try “Alpine Cuisine” and wines. The glass façade of this designer building opens the view to the impressive Ötztal Alps. A further highlight: the hanging bridge, which leads the visitors right up to the peak of the Gaislachkogl.
The mountain station Gamsgarten will be transformed into the “Schneekristall Pavillion” (snow crystal pavilion). At 2,620 m altitude a new, 3-storey building was designed with a 1,250 m² sport shops and equipment hire area on the ground floor, as well as a VIP gallery on the top floor, including a movable part of the roof that can be opened up towards the South on sunny days. For freeriders there is the “Powder Department” which has been enlarged this year: 5 new deep powder snow runs are now added to the pistes maps of the Stubai Glacier. Families can enjoy themselves on the new BIG FAMILY Funslope.
Have fun discovering all the new features – wherever you go!